30 seconds interview: Black Moth

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If you like getting your rocks off to the nihilistic riffs of dirty garage-rock, then five-piece Black Moth should definitely be on your radar.

Now just about onto album number three, the London/Leeds crew officially arrived back in 2012 with their debut longplayer The Killing Jar.

It was a grimy affair, overflowing with Stooges squalor and Sabbath sulphur, and landed them a number of dream support slots with the likes of L7, Sister of Mercy and Pentagram.

Before their next record lands, they’re teasing us with lead single Moonbow, due 3 November, followed by headline shows at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, London (9 November) and Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds (10 November).

Ahead of the action, we catch up with lead singer Harriet Hyde to learn more about what makes the band tick…

What was the first song you developed an obsession for?

Baby Love by Diana Ross and The Supremes. Motown and sixties pop were 100 percent my first loves.

What’s the first gig you went to?

Green Day, Nottingham Ice Arena, 2000.

What’s the first instrument you ever got hold of?

A recorder, naturally… then a clarinet.

What is your worst musical habit?

Drinking too much, not warming up and ragging my vocal cords so much I spend the rest of the tour in agony.

What’s the best piece of musical advice you’ve ever been given? 

Warm. The. Fuck. Up. Also love what you do, and only even consider playing or recording things that you feel proud of and passionate about.

Where do you discover new music? 

Mostly through friends. I also like The Quietus for its very broad content and quality writing.

What’s your favourite venue?

Brudenell Social Club, Leeds.

Who is your current favourite band/artist?

Brian Eno is getting most of my ear time right now.

What inspirations outside of music impact your songwriting?

My psychotherapy training has recently been a big influence, but also film, literature and people – mainly people.

What track of yours best represents your sound?

Right now I’d say our new single, Moonbow.

What’s next for you?

Our new single is released with a brand new video by Ben Foley soon and our third album is out early next year. We play a couple of launch shows in Leeds and London in early November.

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